Result: Novak Djokovic through to quarter-finals of Monte Carlo Masters

Novak Djokovic in action at the Monte Carlo Masters on April 13, 2016
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Novak Djokovic remains on course for glory at the Monte Carlo Masters after overcoming Pablo Carreno Busta 6-2 4-6 6-4.

Second seed Novak Djokovic has defeated Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets to book his place in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters.

The 29-year-old, playing his second clay-court match of the year after recovering from an elbow injury, came out on top 6-2 4-6 6-4 to set up a meeting with David Goffin in the last eight.

After holding throughout the opening set, earning breaks in the sixth and eighth games to grab a foothold in the match, Djokovic was pegged back in the second after struggling to find his rhythm.

Carreno Busta, ranked at number 19 in the world, took five games on the spin to open up a 5-2 advantage before getting over the line with his third set point.

Djokovic avoided an upset similar to the one suffered by Andy Murray earlier in the day, however, by breaking his opponent twice in the deciding set - including in a lengthy sixth game - to progress through.

Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is also into the next round, courtesy of a straightforward 6-1 6-1 win over Alexander Zverev.

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ATP RankingsPoints
1Scotland flag Andy Murray7,750
2Spain Rafael Nadal7,465
3Switzerland Roger Federer6,545
4Serbia Novak Djokovic6,325
5Switzerland Stanislas Wawrinka6,140
6Croatia Marin Cilic5,075
7Austria Dominic Thiem4,030
8Japan Kei Nishikori3,740
9Canada Milos Raonic3,310
10Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov3,160
11Alexander Zverev3,160
12France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga2,805
13France Gael Monfils2,775
14Belgium David Goffin2,605
15Czech Republic Tomas Berdych2,570
16Pablo Carreno Busta2,350
17United States Jack Sock2,290
18Lucas Pouille2,255
19Spain Roberto Bautista Agut2,245
20Australia Nick Kyrgios1,940